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Director Applied Learning Sciences

Date: Feb 1, 2021

Location: Boston, MA, US, 02110

Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Job Requisition ID: 16600

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ROLE SUMMARY

The Director of Applied Learning Sciences will support the Learning Sciences, Measurement & Data Analytics department which consists of a multidisciplinary team that optimizes teaching and learning products and services. The department includes staff with expertise in the learning sciences, assessment design, accessibility, and psychometrics and analytics. This expertise is leveraged in action-oriented projects in support of the HMH mission and in consulting with internal and external customers. The insights gained throughout the build-measure-learn cycle are used to maximize the likelihood of HMH products and services meaningfully impacting the lives of students and teachers. The team provides solutions by developing innovative approaches that help internal and external customers achieve their teaching, learning, and assessment goals despite practical barriers and limitations.

 

The Director Applied Learning Sciences will execute the delivery of the HMH Learning Spines and their interconnections to products and services in support of sophisticated reporting and the development of grouping and content recommendation engines. The Director will provide thought leadership in the design of innovative learning environments and products that address the K-12 continuum by working collaboratively across a variety of business areas to establish and execute research- or project-based agendas that reflect the HMH strategic direction. The Director will define the process for and support the integration of learning sciences and data analytics in the design, development, implementation and improvement of technology rich environments for learning and assessment in a matrixed organization. The Director will identify and respond to opportunities for internal and external consulting to highlight the meaningfulness of learning sciences in the product development life cycle and the desired outcomes of programs and platforms.  This role will lead a team of professionals working to achieve overall organizational goals.

 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES       

  1. Work closely with the Senior Vice President Learning Sciences, Measurement & Analytics on the development of the HMH Learning Spines (mathematics, reading, Spanish reading, SEL, and science) which serve as the interconnection in the Connected Teaching and Learning System. Work closely with Engineering, Core and SIS to implement the metadata tagging required on approximately 85% of our content to support the desired mastery model reporting and recommendation engines.
  2.  Develop and implement strategic initiatives for integrating RAMP, the HMH principles of learning sciences, into the build-measure-learn lifecycle and SIS, Core, and Services outcomes. Provide strategic leadership and direction across HMH in development, implementation, and support of a learning sciences and data culture agenda which integrates the most recent findings from the learning sciences, principled design, digital learning, assessment environments, and data mining in support of HMH’s mission, strategic direction, and products.  
  3. Empower Applied Learning Sciences to do their best work in an environment that encourages collaboration and innovation and fosters development and learning. Translate the company’s strategic vision into ALS KPIs and help the team understand their impact on HMH’s success. Assess direct reports’ performance and partner on career planning. Act as a collaborator and catalyst, breaking down complex problems into simple solutions and leading through change.              
  4.  Identify and respond to opportunities for internal and external consulting and training to highlight the meaningfulness of learning sciences with the aim of growing the organization’s capacity for developing and applying approaches to make generalizable inferences about learner cognitive, behavioral and navigation skills to guide product development from both a content and educational technology perspective.       

 

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

Required            

  • Master’s degree in learning sciences, educational measurement, educational psychology, learning analytics, quantitative psychology or related field required. Or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.
  • 5+ years of experience Learning Sciences or related position.
  • 3+ years of demonstrated leadership in the development of strategy and/or project management and implementation in a Learning Sciences (or related) position.
  • Experience leading and/or managing complex projects.
  • 3+ years managing/leading people.         
  • Proven ability to lead and execute complex projects, including cost, resource, and schedule management as well as compliance and reporting.
  • Deep knowledge of the principles of the learning sciences and technology rich learning environments.
  • Excellent written, oral, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Successful history of communicating technical information and key ideas to lay and scholarly audiences.
  • Ability to lead a collaborative team and maintain effective relationships in a matrixed organization.
  • Proficient use of Microsoft products
  • Effective in a remote work environment
  • Proficient use of project management tools/ software

 

Preferred

  • Doctorate degree in learning sciences, educational measurement, educational psychology, learning analytics, quantitative psychology or related field required.

 

Physical Requirements

  • Might be in a stationary position for a considerable time (sitting and/or standing).
  • The person in this position needs to move about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.
  • Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.
  • Must be able to collaborate with colleagues via face to face, conference calls, and online meetings.

ABOUT US:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom.  HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world.

For more information, visit http://careers.hmhco.com  

PLEASE NOTE:  
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in E-Verify. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.


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